At the margins


by Babak Salari
Babak Salari is a Montreal-based photographer, teacher and taxi driver. He took up photography as a teenager in his native Iran where he contributed to various publications before his political activities landed him in jail. Three years after the Islamic revolution, and after six months as a prisoner the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini, he fled Iran to avoid being imprisoned again. He was 21 at the time. After a year as a refugee in Pakistan, Babak arrived in Canada where he resumed his study and practice of photography. He has diplomas from Montreal’s Concordia University and Dawson College, where he has also taught.

Babak’s main area of photographic interest is in chronicling the lives of those living at the margins of society. Over the years his documentary projects have looked at Iranian artists in exile in North America and Europe, matriarchal, indigenous communities in Mexico, and gays and transvestites in Cuba. More recently, he has travelled to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Palestine to document the lives of those displaced and brutalized by war, in particular women and children


hey babak!

by naanaam (not verified) on

hey babak,
kojaa ii? naanaamam. tamaasi begeer. mokhles.

Darius Kadivar


by Darius Kadivar on

Too bad you wouldn't make a dime in Iran ...



Now, that's what I call "art"!

by Nader on

Good work babak jan. Your work reminded me of some of the gtreat photographers of our times. Keep it up!



by Aref-Adib on

Great portraits! Keep up the good work.


An artist with the guts to go after his love of life

by Ali Joon (not verified) on

Babak Salari sounds like an inspirational man and I have respect for those who go after their dreams, despite it not being the most accepted route in life. It is hard sometimes to be brave enough to go after it like it photography or human rights work.


beautiful subject and

by unimaginative reader (not verified) on

beautiful subject and artistically and tastefully done. thank you.